"This investigation into the stories we tell ourselves and how we can change them makes 'Verso' more like a strangely lovely work of theater than an ordinary magic show. It focuses not simply on amazing and entertaining us, but on opening our minds to ideas we might find hard to believe. He seals the deal with a final, startling trick — that makes us believe that perhaps he's right, and the impossible is possible after all." Full Review
"Helder Guimarães puts on an amazing display of playing-card wizardry in ‘Verso’…What makes for success in endeavors of this sort, is not just the magic; it’s the delivery, the entertainment, and the personality of the magician at hand. In these areas, Mr. Guimarães receives the highest grades…Guimarães handily carries the show with ingratiating personality and self-deprecating charm...'Verso' offers a grand evening of theatrical magic." Full Review
"Perhaps he could warm up his presentation style. He can come off a little 'Corporate Motivational Speaker' in his delivery of well-practiced anecdotes. When he’s directly interacting with the audience, however, he is generous and friendly...Add Guimarães’s pure technical skill and easy rapport with volunteers to a well-polished, balanced routine of 'mentalist'-type predictions and lie-detector tricks...and 'Verso' is an evening you’ll remember for a very long time." Full Review
"‘Verso’...with only a single performer, stretches things to nearly two hours, a bit excessive for this kind of parlor game show...You may have seen these or similar tricks before, but if you’re a sucker for a clever magician’s wiles and like the kind of intimate, lightly comic, informative, one-on-one style of a Ricky Jay, Helder Guimarães will serve you well. And when he does his final trick, a multidimensional one that defies explanation, you’ll know why I’ve titled this review 'surreal.'" Full Review
"The trick here is that Guimarães never seems completely confident that what he's doing is going to work, and when he seems to have been foiled a couple of times, his imperfection adds to the illusion that everything else is real. At two hours, the show does lose steam now and then, especially when Guimarães philosophizes about different realms of reality and what is and isn't possible, but 'Verso' is an engaging charmer providing good clean family fun." Full Review
"It almost feels like a seminar on the psychology of the swindle...In a craft as reliant on the suspension of disbelief as magic, it's a ballsy choice to ask viewers to sharpen their BS-detectors, but that's exactly what Guimarães does consistently through this thought-provoking show. Luckily for him, he's an incredibly gifted parlor magician...With 'Verso,' Guimarães has created a magic show for our paranoid age...He tells us to trust no one, not even him." Full Review
"Guimarães rises to the occasion and shows us something new in his repertoire. At the same time, if some of the tricks weren’t duplicated from that early 2014 show, some of them did feel familiar...'Verso' is at its best when it’s all fun and games. Guimarães waxes philosophically about biases and alternative realities we buy into at times, albeit subconsciously. But the spoken word in this show is at its best when Guimarães is instead interacting with the audience." Full Review
"His philosophical patter is smart enough to intrigue those who ‘get it’ while peppered with colloquialisms to draw in others whose only desire is to be tricked...Two thirds of the somewhat padded evening (buildups are prolonged, some deceptions feel redundant) is occupied with card tricks...Long cons are well utilized with set-ups early on and revelations much later...The evening, if a bit long, is enjoyable; well performed and well directed." Full Review
"The fun here is in searching for potential telltale clues and fake-outs as he casually ambles his way from sleight-of-hand flimflam to pseudo-telepathic reads...It’s harder to fill a whole evening when you’re alone onstage, and while it sports some impressive feats, the new show, directed by Rodrigo Santos, feels padded...It’s easy to share his excitement. Not just because the tricks are impressive, but because their buildups are so protracted that the payoff comes as a relief." Full Review
"While performing his feats, Guimarães displays a sly confidence that borders on cockiness, but because he does enough to earn it (how did he get the name of a completely random country on the back of that card?!?), he's nonetheless engaging onstage. During the in-between scenes, when he attempts to contextualize his magic, a lot of that rough-edged likability evaporates and he becomes more mechanical...It's just short of the sparkle that separates the very good from the great." Full Review
"Though he insists on his fascination with chance—'I collect mistakes,' he tells us early on—my sense of 'Verso' as a whole is of a show impeccably arranged in order to create the illusion of spectacular coincidence." Full Review
"You will be stunned, no doubt about it. But there isn’t much to this show beyond being fooled. There is barely a touch of atmosphere, hardly any romance or wonderment. For conjuring to be its most effective it should have a sense of poetry, a raison d’etre...Magic fans should definitely check out this talented performer; he didn’t win that trophy for nothing. But the show’s concept, script and staging do nothing to elevate Guimarães’ performance above that of an evening of bafflement." Full Review
"Verging on two hours long, including an intermission, it includes what seems like a lot of padding, at a cost to its sense of enchantment...Routines that would be very impressive at a table in a nightclub are less of a wow in a 200-seat theater...Many of the bits are familiar...Although 'Verso' is performed and designed with skill, it evokes more admiration than excitement. Guimarães is great with his fingers, but there aren’t enough new tricks up his sleeve." Full Review
See it if Helder is so versatile in his show "Verso" and shows us so much more than magic. There is nothing slight about his sleight of hand.
Don't see it if Not to be missed even if you're not a fan of magic!
See it if You want to have your mind blown. There are no missteps in this production. One dazzling trick after another. Loved it.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy magic shows. If you do enjoy them, this is a must see.
See it if you like philosophy. It's a magic show but Helder really makes you think--with his words and with his magic.
Don't see it if you're expecting a huge magic show or a children's show. It's not for kids and it's definitely not an extravaganza like some others.
See it if you want to see a flipping amazing magic show where you have no clue how he does the tricks! It's baffling.
Don't see it if you want to see a standard play or musical. Or a freaked out by magic. But it really was amazing.
See it if You enjoy REALLY good magic tricks (especially the newspaper one). What's in the envelope you grab during intermission will surprise you
Don't see it if If you don't like magic shows, even fast-paced ones such as this (that runs 1 hour 53 minutes including intermission).
See it if You like close up/slight-of-hand magic. Helder Guimaraes is a master magician and will astound you as he frames each amazing trick.
Don't see it if you don't like magic acts or don't like one man shows. Also, if you are not open minded and would not enjoy being tricked.
See it if you enjoy magic mixed with great storytelling and philosophy. Helder is a terrific performer--charming, funny, and engaging.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy magic. (Then again, I'm generally not a fan of magic, but I found myself captivated.)
See it if You want to be entertained by a truly crafty card magician.
Don't see it if You are going to overthink it, or are expecting other types of magic. This guy is a card magician, and maybe a psychic, lol.
See it if You enjoy seeing amazing magic, mind games and card tricks. Lots of laughs. Unbelievable performance!
Don't see it if You want a conventional show with a story. This is a very charming one man show with incredible card tricks and mind games.
See it if You're huge fan of magic, excellent storytelling and beautiful staging. The show is smart, mind-blowing, and unique. I adored it.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of magic, or if you need to bring kids. There is some adult language, so it might not be appropriate for children.
See it if you like card tricks & mentalist magic. How did he know that?! Lots of audience interaction. Will make you walk out wondering how he did it!
Don't see it if you need a plot or hate close up magic. Not for you if you hate audience interaction and paying attention to what's happening.
See it if you want to see a an astounding, highly technical magician with an extremely strong and entertaining show - the production values are high!
Don't see it if you like more explosively theatrical or 'showy' magic - the focus here is more subdued close-up illusions and mentalism
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